“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
As you and I learn to delight in God, to be satisfied with him, and to enjoy him, God gives us desires, passions, profound convictions, and he compels us to live our lives freely and passionately in pursuit of those things.
Augustine and Martin Luther, two of the great church fathers, summarized this verse this way: “Love God and do whatever you please.” That’s exactly how God’s people are to live. We should do exactly what we want to do after we have been delighting in God.
Our problem is that we spend a lot of our days pursuing things without previously drawing near to God to make sure that those desires are his desires for us, and for many of you, you struggle with these questions: “What about this job, or this relationship?” “What about this ministry?” “What about this opportunity? Is this my will or God’s will?” Those are the wrong questions.
If you love God, enjoy God, walk with God, and delight in God, then God will take his will, he will place that in your heart so that your will and God’s will are indeed the exact same thing. When this happens, I’m not torn between doing what I want to do and doing what God wants me to do because God’s will and my will are not two separate things.
If you’re a person who struggles with obedience to God, who struggles with trusting that what God has for you is indeed good, your problem is not with God’s will–it truly is with God. If you knew God, if you enjoyed God, if you knew what God intended and desired and his love for you, then you would passionately pursue exactly what he would intend for you to pursue. This is so important.At that point then, I have to become very duty-bound, organized, and committed to do God’s will, and I get to enjoy doing exactly what God has called me to do because I want what God wants because I am loved by God and I love him back.
If you’re not sure what to do when you go to make a major life decision, you’ll be stuck asking, “Whom shall I marry?” “Where should I go to school?” “Where should I work?” “What church should I atend?” “What ministry should I involve myself in?”
Don’t try to find God’s will. Don’t. Try to find God. If you find God, he will give you a desire, and then you can pursue it freely and passionately knowing that you’re in his will because his will is now your will, and the two of you are like-minded and in accord. So often when the decisions come, we focus on the deisions rather than God. Drawing near to God makes the decisions very clear.
Be passionate and free. No guilt. No shame. No question, because all these desires came from God. He tells young people that indeed they need to get their compass set north as early as possible. “Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.” (Eccles. 11:7) It’s great to be young. However, many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. Have a great time kids. Make a good life. Pretty soon you’re gonna be dead. So hustle up, kids.
— Pastor Mark Driscoll